Oh my god, does anyone out there have some suggestions for my Hyundai Elantra 2002 GLS (manual). I’ve been working on this issue for 3+ months, have spent $1500+ and visited 3 mechanics. NO ONE seems to know what’s going on. Anyone out there have any insight?
Issue as it has evolved:
Jan: Car wouldn’t start for about 2-3 days (battery is newer). Turns over, just doesn’t catch. Put in some HEET, and it started up 15 mins later.
Mid Jan: Same start/non-start issue, but would usually start after a few tries. The not starting would sometimes happen immediately after getting a full tank of gas.
Feb: Same start/non-start issue, and started getting jumpy/puttering while idling. Died a few times at low speeds, almost as if it stalled out. Usually happened at a light or while driving between 2nd/3rd gear.
Mid-Feb: Took it in thinking it’s a fuel pump issue. Was told it’s a clutch. Got 2nd opinion. 2 mechanics agreed, clutch not fuel pump/filter. So I got a new clutch. Feels a little better, but not great. I’m not convinced the prob is solved but not sure of what else to do.
Late Feb: Happens again, car won’t start. Still turning over, but not catching. Put in more HEET, but doesn’t work this time. Get it towed to mechanic’s place. As soon as it comes down off the tow truck, it starts.
Early March: Told for the 3rd time that it’s probably not pump/filter issue. Get tune up. Runs pretty well for about 3-4 weeks.
End March: Head down to FL (from NC where I live) to visit family. 1/2 way down, get a full tank of gas, and car won’t start again. About 10 mins later, it started and we made it to FL. Next day, I call a mechanic in FL to try to bring it over, but car won’t start. We bang on the gas tank a few times and it starts. We get it to the mechanic, and they say it sounds like the fuel pump, but of course it keeps starting for them. So they hook it up to test it a bit–12volts going in and 8 volts going out. Based on my stories and voltage, they think it’s fuel pump assembly. They replace it w/ a factory pump (since apparently Hyundai needs that–the 1st 2 wouldn’t work).
Yesterday: We’re driving back from FL about 4 hours into the drive. At 60-65mph, I’m pressing on the gas and it’s not accelerating anymore. We start to slow down, gas won’t go. I shift gears a bit and it goes again. This happens 2 more times in the next 3 hours. Until this drive, this has never happened before, at least not at this speed. The engine was not revving when I pushed on the gas.
Today: Same thing that happened yesterday happens today on my way to work (3 miles from home) at a speed of about 25-30mph. Made it to work.
Now: I’m baffled, broke and desperate for answers. ANYONE?